“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Record Cold In Colorado

The forecast minimum for Fort Collins on Saturday is -1F, which would be the first November 15 below 0F ever recorded there. From my experience, temperatures usually come in several degrees colder than forecast there during Arctic cold snaps.

The warmest November 15’s were 1981 and 1949.

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Return of the polar vortex: Mass of colder air coming this week; long-term forecast uncertain

vortexPolar. Vortex.

Those two words can literally bring chills to its hearers, as last winter attested. Several major weather websites are bringing those two words back into the conversation, as a polar vortex is forecast to make a dip south this week, bringing a possible outbreak of cold air to the region.

In a recent release, AccuWeather.com warned of very cold air and lake effect snow as a result of this “arctic invasion.”

“Areas from the northern and central Plains to the Great Lakes, the upper Gulf Coast and the Appalachians will feel significant impact from this arctic outbreak,” AccuWeather long-range expert Paul Pastelok said.

Decision time for Obama on Keystone

cartoon-obama-keystone-sealedThe environment took a beating on Election Day in the U.S. last Tuesday, but what happens next could be even more painful for green groups and their climate-conscious allies.

Republicans, who will control both chambers of Congress next year for the first time in nearly a decade, wasted little time last week making it clear that approving the Keystone XL pipeline is at the top of their legislative to-do list. Green-lighting the 2,700-kilometre pipeline has been a Republican priority for years. Now they finally have the votes to do it.

That's a significant problem for President Barack Obama, who has gone to great lengths to avoid tipping his hand on whether he'll approve the $8-billion project that would carry 830,000 barrels of carbon-heavy crude per day from Alberta's oilsands to Gulf Coast refineries.

'Global warming issue going the way of gun control'

obama-unThe inimitable Don Surber wryly observed the failure of coal billionaire/environmental hypocrite Tom Steyer to get very much for his money last Tuesday. He has been around long enough and is appropriately jaundiced enough to note:

Politics like any other aspect of life has its fads. Remember the Beatles haircuts? Gun control fell out of fashion. Socialists celebrated the Sandy Hook shootings only to discover that Americans wanted better enforcement of existing gun control, and better mental health treatment.

Climate Change Benefits Forest Growth

forestNew research in Germany has found that tree growth has accelerated since 1870. Analysis suggests that this is due to a rise in temperature and longer growing seasons.

Forest stand growth dynamics in Central Europe have accelerated since 1870

Hans Pretzsch et al.


Jobs, prosperity and security via oil exports

Oil BoomThe midterm elections underscore how much Americans value energy, job and economic revival – and how much they want less Washington control of their lives, livelihoods, and dreams for their children and grandchildren. They also reflect the waning influence of radical Obama and Steyer climate change and anti-energy environmentalist elites. If ever there was a time to end the ban on oil exports, it’s now.

With U.S. demand for oil products falling, production rising, and myriad studies making a strong case for selling American crude abroad, the president and Congress should terminate the ban as soon as possible.

If You Want Attention, Just make Up A Bunch Of Global Warming Lies

This story is all over the Internet.

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OGDEN — The greatest snow on earth could be in danger, according to an environmental advocate and writer who spoke to students at Weber State University Tuesday about the effects climate change will have on snow and the ski industry. By the end of the century, some scientists predict Utah will no longer be a skiing destination, because global warming will prevent snow from falling and in turn will affect the ski industry.

WSJ: Little Green Machine: Democrats make a bad investment in the climate-change lobby

steyerTom Steyer became a billionaire by investing in fossil fuels, among other things, and maybe he should return to his roots. He may need the money after blowing at least $74 million trying to persuade voters to oppose Republicans who disagree with him on climate change.

If you want proof that money doesn’t buy elections, Mr. Steyer and his fellow green comrades are it. The San Francisco investor gave most of his money to his NextGen Climate Action Super Pac, which spent almost exclusively for Democrats. Environmental groups including NextGen spent $85 million to support President Obama ’s green agenda, especially his regulations targeting coal for extinction.

ClimateProgress’s Joe Romm Translates the IPCC’s 2014 Synthesis Report

rommIt’s been months since I’ve wandered over to the ClimateProgress wing of the political blog ThinkProgress.  The title of the November 4, 2014 blog post by alarmist Joe Romm is truly remarkable.   Please sit.  Put down your coffee, unless you want to spritz your keyboard. (I have a standby keyboard from my old computer just in case I run into something like this.) Here it comes, ready or not.

The title is IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On ‘Irreversible Impacts’.

Told ya’.  It’s a doozy.

Odd thing, I don’t recall the IPCC being tasked with preparing reports about the ethics of hypothetical human-induced global warming and climate change.   Do you?  Referring to the IPCC History webpage, the IPCC I know was tasked with preparing reports that (my bold):

US polar vortex dead ahead

cold-tempsTemperatures expected to plunge 10- to 20-degrees below normal.

As the polar vortex heads southward, ‘Areas from the northern and central Plains to the Great Lakes, the upper Gulf Coast and the Appalachians will feel significant impact from the arctic outbreak,’ said AccuWeather Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok.

‘It is possible single-digit low temperatures occur in parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest, away from the Great Lakes with temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below average in parts of the South,’ Mr Pastelok said.